RCA Supported Missionaries
Linn Gann, serving in India
The Church of South India is comprised of more than 4 million members, most of whom are Dalits (people previously referred to as the "untouchables"). As a mission consultant, Linn Gann builds bridges between the Church of South India, RCA churches, businesses, and individuals to provide programs and services that equip and empower the Dalits, many of whom are unemployed or living below the poverty level.
Linn focuses on developing programs in education, micro-enterprise, skills training and job creation, and promoting a culture of mutual respect. Linn has been working in India since 2004. She previously served in Bosnia and Croatia, training refugees in micro-enterprise projects.
Brian and Donna Renes, serving with United Bible Societies
Brian and Donna Renes have been involved in the work of Bible translation since 1989. Their first years of ministry were spent among the Tojolabal people in Chiapas, Mexico. Since 1996 Brian has worked with the United Bible Societies, giving support to national translators and consultants. He teaches them how to effectively use the computer in their work of translating the Bible into languages such as Quechua, which is spoken in Peru, and the Kuna language of Panama. Donna ministers to Hispanic children in the Sioux Center, Iowa, area through the teaching of English as a Second Language.
Tom and Aichatou Johnson, serving in Niger
The Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN is its acronym in French) is the RCA’s mission partner in Niger. Founded shortly after Niger’s national independence in 1961, EERN is the oldest and largest Protestant denomination in this Muslim-majority (98 percent) country. Located in the Sahara Desert, Niger is the world’s poorest country (186th out of 187 on the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index, a composite measure of life expectancy, education, and living standard), and 50 percent of its population is under the age of 15. EERN ministries reflect this context: they focus on evangelization, education, health, and community development.
Tom Johnson, an international development specialist, and his wife, Aïchatou, represent RCA missions in Niger. They have three daughters, Marie-Florence, Laurey and Elisabeth.
Mark and Deb Wilson, serving in Cambodia
The church in Cambodia, nearly wiped out by the Khmer Rouge (only three Christian pastors within the country are reported to have survived Pol Pot’s reign of terror), is growing again and in need of nurturing and leadership. The goal is to rebuild the church and bring the gospel to all Cambodia.
Mark Wilson works with Cambodian church leaders to design and implement a curriculum that will help pastors, lay leaders, and students understand and carry out missional ministry. Deb Wilson is studying the Cambodian language and uses her gifts and experience to strengthen the church leaders in Cambodia. The Wilsons work in partnership with Phnom Penh Bible School, an in-residence program that trains leaders for the Cambodian church; the Theological Education by Extension Association Cambodia, a training program for pastors and church leaders that meets them where they live; and Food for the Hungry, a Christian relief and development organization that serves in 26 countries.
Mark serves in partnership with Food for the Hungry, Phnom Penh Bible School, and the Theological Education by Extension Association Cambodia.
Ahuas Doctors and the Moravian Church in Honduras
The RCA supports medical doctors who serve as mission partner personnel; they work in the medical clinic in Cauquira, as medical director for the Moravian medical programs in Honduras, and as medical director of the hospital in Ahuas. They also train health leaders and nurses. The Reformed Church also supports a missionary pilot with Wings of Mercy (formerly a Mission Aviation Fellowship program in Honduras) and has contributed finances and work groups to the building of the Bible Institute in Puerto Lempira. It also helps support a divers' school that teaches local people how to be safe while diving to harvest seafood.
In addition to providing medical services at the clinic in Cauquira and the hospital in Ahuas, doctors travel in a dugout canoe to make house calls in the surrounding communities. The clinic provides both preventive and curative health care to many of the Miskito people who would otherwise be without care.